OBITUARY: Martha Jean Nance July 26, 1932–Aug. 11, 2013

MARTHA JEAN NANCE July 26, 1932 – Aug. 11, 2013

Martha Jean Nance, 81, passed away peacefully Aug. 11, 2013, in Chesterfield, Mo., where she lived for the past three years. 

She will long be remembered for her loving heart, giving spirit and wry sense of humor. Born July 26, 1932, in Frankfort, Kan., she was raised in Irving, Kan., and was the youngest daughter of Reginald and Irl Browning Thomson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, J. Wilson “Bill” Nance, her brother, David Browning Thomson, and her sister, Marian Thomson Scheirman. 

Following graduation from Irving High School, Martha attended the University of Kansas where she resided in the Miller Scholarship Hall. Her studies were interrupted when she met Bill Nance, fell in love, got married and raised four children. After her children left home, Martha completed her BA degree in 1978 from the University of Kansas, fulfilling a long held promise to her father. Martha and Bill lived in six different states and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Martha was an ordained Elder and longtime active member of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kan., and a member of P.E.O. 

Survivors include her children: Patricia Luciel Nance Slentz (Eric N. Ferm), Los Alamos, N.M., Stanley Thomson Nance, Oklahoma City, Okla., Charles Howard Nance (Barbara Ellen Bessey Nance), Wildwood, Mo., Paul Wilson Nance (Nancy K. Paul-Nance), Leawood, Kan.; her beloved grandchildren: Jennifer Ellen Nance Nelson (Jeff Nelson) Topeka, Kan., Christopher Steven Nance, Creve Coeur, Mo., Carolyn Elizabeth Slentz Lucero (Derek Lucero), Huntington Beach, Calif., and Matthew Gale Slentz, Los Alamos, N.M., her sister, Shirley Ann Burbank of  Ellicott City, Md., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kan., at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31, 2013. Interment will take place at Cedar Point Cemetery, outside Cottonwood, Kan., at 2 p.m., Sept. 1, 2013.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the “Luciel Cress Nance and J. Wilson Nance Family Scholarship” through the University of Kansas Endowment Association, or to the Village Presbyterian Church Foundation. (Condolences can be expressed at

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